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Vacationing with Your Dog

  • Heidi

10 Tips for a Perfect Trip

Did someone say “vacation”? Whether you’re traveling near or far, sharing adventures with your dog brings the fun to a whole new level. Of course, it also calls for additional planning to ensure everyone has a good time. Here’s the top 10 things we recommend doing to ensure your trip is picture-perfect.

  1. Identification. First and foremost, make sure your dog’s microchip is working. Then, confirm that their tags with your contact information are up to date. This simple step can help your dog find their way home quickly if you end up separated.
  2. Leash & collar. If you’re seeking adventure with your dog, you want them dressed for the part. Check their leash and collar for signs of wear, and think about any additional gear that could come in handy, depending on where you’re going — for example, tie-outs for playing outdoors or lights for walking safely at night.
  3. Vaccinations. Even if you aren’t leaving the country with your dog, check with your vet to see if they’re due for any preventive care, especially heartworm and tick treatments. It’s also useful to carry proof of vaccinations and your vet’s contact information when traveling.
  4. Food. This may seem obvious, but those are the things that are often the easiest to forget at home! While packing your dog’s food, be sure to bring extra. Adventures can make a dog hungry, and you may not be able to find their food brand while you’re away from home.
  5. Water. Again, this may seem like a no-brainer. However, your dog should have plenty of access to fresh drinking water, especially when it’s warm outdoors. Collapsible water dishes make it even easier to keep your dog hydrated while you’re on the move.
  6. Poop bags. You may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can take a break from picking up after your dog. Along similar lines, make sure to give your dog plenty of potty breaks when you’re traveling so they can stretch their legs and answer the call of nature.
  7. Secure their spot. If you’re traveling by plane or train, you’ll likely need to secure your dog in a crate or carrier. However, you should also take steps to keep them safe when traveling in the car. Whether you choose a crate or crash-tested harness, keeping your dog in a secure spot is safer for them and the people around them.
  8. First-aid kit. Accidents often happen at the least convenient times – and the least convenient places, especially when you’re away from home. Making a doggy first-aid kit will keep you prepared no matter how far you roam.
  9. Favorite toys & treats. You may be having fun on the road, but that doesn’t mean your dog won’t enjoy some familiar comforts from home. To keep them happy, relaxed, and comfortable, don’t forget to pack a few of their favorite toys, games, treats, or chewies.
  10. Beds & bedding. What feels better after a long day than crawling into a comfy bed? Not much, if you ask us, and we think our dogs agree! Before you head out the door, make sure to grab their favorite blanket or bed so they have somewhere cozy to snuggle at the end of the day.

Finally, it’s important to mention that some dogs get carsick or nervous when they’re away from home. Talk to your vet about ways to keep them relaxed and comfortable while you’re gone. And, remember, never leave your dog unattended, especially in a hot car or at hotels.

When you can’t take your dog with you, we’re ready to be your dog’s Home Away From Home. Learn more about overnights at WTPR.

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